Basic Dog Obedience Training
One standard of excellence, delivered 3 ways. Canine Academy believes that proper training of your dog requires a 90-day commitment and a partnership between the trainer and the dog owner. We’ve structured our programs so that we’re with you every step of the way, from the intensive first phase through the final repetitions with the e collar.
No matter which path you choose, Canine Academy guarantees that all of our graduates pass a rigorous progress test prior to graduation. We break each of our basic obedience training programs down into three phases.
Board & Train
First, your dog undergoes an intensive introduction to the obedience commands during a boarding stay at Canine Academy.
Then, you receive a hands-on lesson about how to continue the training into phase II, ensuring you are capable and comfortable to lead your dog forward.
First, your dog undergoes an intensive introduction to the obedience commands during a boarding stay at Canine Academy, giving them a solid foundation in basic obedience and ready for fine-tuning over the next phase.
Then, you receive your first hands-on lesson about how to continue the training into phase II, ensuring you are capable and comfortable to lead your dog forward.
Private Lesson Training
Weekly, you undergo an intensive series of six lessons, aimed at teaching you how to train your dog in basic obedience.
During the lessons, work side by side with a trainer during the course of your lessons to evaluate you and your dog’s progress and receive homework on what to work on next.
While between lesson, you’re practicing commands and giving the dogs enough repetitions and distractions for him/ her to commit the command(s) to muscle memory.
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Public Access Dog Training
In addition to the commands learned in our basic obedience program, those dogs in the public access program learn a set of commands that help you have the dog of your dreams in public settings. Here’s how we break the program down into three distinct phases:
First, your dog undergoes an intensive introduction to the obedience and public places commands during a boarding stay at Canine Academy.
Then, you receive a hands-on lesson about how to continue the training into Phase II, ensuring you are capable and comfortable to lead your dog through phase II.
Frequently Asked Questions
While it’s natural and expected for both dogs and their humans to miss each other while apart, sending your dog away for training can have some very positive benefits for you dog. The distance from your dog during their training can be a big boost to their confidence, which has shown to improve their socialization skills and could even help with dogs who exhibit separation anxiety.
It’s important that you find a dog trainer who offers the atmosphere and enrichment that makes your dog’s time away from home a positive experience with lasting benefits. Canine Academy’s lush 7-acre campus and Customer Commitment towards the health, safety and well-being of your dog can help you rest easy, knowing that while your dog is learning the basics of their training program they’re being spoiled around the clock by the most dedicated, dog-loving staff around.
How long it takes to train your dog depends on your dog, your trainer, and your goals. Many board and train programs can achieve impressive results in under a month. Canine Academy can teach you and your dog functional basic obedience with off leash control in as few as 8 days. In order to cram so much learning in so little time, it’s important that board and train providers also take excellent care of your dog’s wellbeing. Training is mentally exhausting for your dog, so it must also get plenty of play time, affection, and rest to learn. It’s also important to remember that there’s no such thing as a quick fix. Your board and train provider should be prepared to offer you extended support for at least 90 days after your dog’s training. Transitioning back into home life will come with new challenges and questions!
The number of training sessions a dog needs depends on your desired level of involvement as the dog owner, the dog’s temperament, and your training goals. Most dog owners hope to achieve basic obedience to enable them to communicate effectively with their dogs and stop unwanted behaviors. With as few as two in-person training sessions, board and train programs deliver impressive results. With a professional dog trainer, you can learn to be a confident dog handler in as few as six sessions. Hybrid programs offer the best of both worlds at a mid price point. New training takes more than a few weeks to set in for life, though! Make sure that your trainer has a plan to work with you so that your dog’s new skills become muscle memory.
Functional basic obedience with off-leash control relies on the dog’s mastery of a few commands. Sit, down, and place should include expectations of a “stay.” This allows the owner to be sure that their dog stays safe, even if there are distractions or dangers nearby. “Sit” and “down” are probably familiar, but the “place” command may be new. It tells a dog to stay within any raised boundary (like a bed or a tree stump) until released. Before you trust a dog off leash, they should also have very strong recall skills using the “come” command and should “heel” or “walk” at the owners side when appropriate. For off-leash control, all of these commands should also include expectations that the dog sits at the owners side when still. To prevent charging doors, dogs are often given an “inside/outside” command. To stop other unwanted behaviors, dogs should learn an “off” command paired with redirection. Finally, every good boy or girl should know how to celebrate with a “release” command.